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 DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners of a community awards program to honor emerging African-American leaders were announced today, the first day of Black History Month. The program, "Saluting Today's African-American Achievers," is sponsored by JM Family Enterprises of Deerfield Beach, and its subsidiary, Southeast Toyota Distributors.
 Winners were selected from nearly 100 nominations received in eight categories: the arts, business, community involvement, education, government, health and family services, non-profit organizations and the professions. Winners were those individuals judged to be "making a difference" through contributions to their families, communities and workplaces. Each will receive $500 to donate to the community organization of his or her choice.
 The winners are:
 -- Metro-Dade Police Chief Jimmie Brown, cited for his personal
 character and professional expertise that resulted in rapid
 advancement from officer to major to police chief, and for his
 involvement in the community.
 -- Vinnette Carroll, theater producer and director, and head of the
 Vinnette Carroll Repertory Company, named for her contributions
 to the arts in South Florida and nationally.
 -- Myrtle Corbin, assistant vice president with Hollywood Federal
 Bank, honored for her service as a board member of the South
 Broward Hospital District, Kids in Distress and the Bethel
 Baptist Church in Dania.
 -- Albert E. Dotson Jr., co-founder and president of "100 Black Men
 of South Florida" and an attorney with Fine Jacobson Schwartz
 Nash & Block, Miami. He was recognized for his commitment to
 youth through effective mentoring and tutoring programs.
 -- Arthur Kennedy, district representative for U.S. Rep. Alcee
 Hastings, selected for his tireless work to ensure a high voter
 turnout in the most recent federal election, and for his
 community participation.
 -- Hamish C. Reed, sales executive with Abbott Laboratories and co-
 founder of Branches Medical, a distributor of medical and
 surgical supplies, cited for his entrepreneurial vision and skill
 in business.
 -- Jeffrey Watson, of Miami, recently named Deputy Director of
 Inter-Governmental Affairs for President Clinton. He worked as
 assistant to Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez for eight years.
 -- Runette L. Williams, retired teacher and school principal, who
 still finds time to volunteer at Sanders Park Elementary. The
 Pompano Beach resident is a member of numerous organizations,
 including Mount Calvary Baptist Church and Delta Sigma Theta
 Judges included Broward County Commissioner Sylvia Poitier, Miami- Dade Chamber of Commerce President Dorothy Baker, Miami public relations consultant Barbara Howard, Broward Urban League Chief Executive Donald Bowen, former Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President George Myles and other African-American community leaders.
 In addition to the $500 designated award, each of the eight winners will be featured in newspaper and radio public service advertising during Black History Month.
 "These award winners are making history, right here and now," said Pat Moran, president of JM Family Enterprises. "We're proud to help showcase their accomplishments."
 "Saluting Today's African-American Achievers" is expected to become an annual program of JM Family Enterprises/Southeast Toyota Distributors. For information on next year's program, contact the company at P.O. Box 1160, Deerfield Beach, FL 33443, or call 305-429-2584.
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